Midnight Snack! Tuna Mac & Cheese!

Well, hey there ladies and gentlemen! It’s just Jess tonight, er, well, this morning. Avery’s out partying it up for Kody’s twenty-first birthday. I’m too broke and don’t feel very well, so I didn’t join in on the festivities. Instead, I got hungry for carbs so I rummaged through my pantry and fridge, and pulled out what I thought sounded good. Here’s what I came up with:

So, I began.
NOTE TO THE READER: I am HORRIBLE at portioning for one. Keep in mind that leftovers are never, ever considered a bad thing! (At least not in my book.)
Anyway, boil your water, throw in the noodles and leave the bow-tie noodles in for about twelve minutes. I usually just take a noodle out every few minutes and try them until they are exactly how I like them.
Once your noodles are to your liking, strain ‘em, turn the burner on a low heat setting and pour the noodles back into the pot.
Open the can of tomatoes. Honestly, you’re probably only going to use a few spoonfuls of it, so you might as well get a container to put the left overs in out as well. Unless, of course, you love tomatoes so much that you’d like to use the whole can. Go for it, killer!  I don’t like all the juice that comes with canned tomatoes, so I chose to strain them. This step is optional.
While those are straining, cut up about nine or ten decent size cubes of Velveeta.
Open your can of tuna (or pouch) and make sure you get all the excess water strained out, no one likes runny tuna.
Add the cubes of “cheese” and the tuna to the pot that your noodles are in. Please, remember to stir frequently, otherwise things don’t go very smoothly.
Being it was after midnight while finishing up my snack, I forgot to take a picture of the amount of tomato I added in. It was literally no more than two decent spoonfuls. You be the judge, I advise you to take baby steps though.

Stir until the cheese is completely melted.  (For a creamier effect, I added a small amount of milk. )

That’s it guys! A yummy bowl of carbs! Enjoy! But please, if you’re planning on getting up early the next morning, this isn’t the most optimal choice of snacks. You will feel lazy when you wake up.
Anyway, now that I’ve got a full belly and lunch for tomorrow, I’m off to bed. Hopefully Avery is having a wonderful time! We’ll be blogging again together very soon! Promise! Catch ya on the flip side!

Much love, ‘til next time!
Jess



Quickie!

Hey guys, it’s just Jess! Avery and I never seem to have corresponding schedules lately. BUT hopefully we’ll have lots of fun things up for you soon. Plus, I’m in need of some Avery/Jess time.



Mini Monkey Bread!

Hey guys! Jess here, Avery’s well, I don’t know where Avery is; she’s not with me though! I got bored today and felt like baking. I rummaged through my refrigerator to see what I could find and we had biscuits. It struck me like a lightning bolt! I wanted Monkey bread!

So, I found the recipe. Now, you could go about this the long way and make the dough and all that fancy stuff, but I chose to go stick with the undomesticated way of doing things!

Here’s everything you’ll need:
Throw on some tunes, set the oven to 350 degrees and get started! I followed the recipe almost exactly, except for two parts, but we’ll get there eventually.

Melt your butter, it takes about a minute and a half for butter that has come directly out of your fridge to melt in the microwave. Stir in the cinnamon and mix it up well for about thirty seconds. ( I’m doing well with time this time around, huh?)

Instead of using a traditional pan that holds twelve muffins, i used one with six holders and they were slightly larger in size. Since I was using a larger tin, I put about two spoonfuls of the mixture in each holder.

Now, throw your cinnamon and sugar into a decent size zip lock baggy and shake it up!

I didn’t do exactly as the recipe calls for here. It say’s something about cutting the biscuits in certain amounts and putting ten in each holder. Well, I just pulled the biscuits into what looked like decent portions.

Now, toss them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and start shakin’ again!

Next, I put about seven to eight pieces in each holder. Mind you, depending on the size that you make them and how many muffin tins you use, this will vary. Use your best judgment. I have complete faith in you!

Popped those suckers into the oven for exactly thirteen minutes!


Once the time’s up, take ‘em out and let them cool for just a minute!


Then, take your muffin tin and flip it over onto a baking sheet or something bit enough to hold them all. (Please, keep your oven mitts on for this part. IT WILL STILL BE HOT!)

Look delicious, right??? For some added flavor, I grabbed some chocolate chips we had hidden in a cabinet and threw maybe half a handful on each one. ( I have small hands.)

And that’s it! You’re finished! Treat yourself to a very yummy snack and a glass of milk!  Now, I could easily eat all six of these, but I’m sure that’s not healthy. Hopefully a few of my coworkers are hungry today. :)

By the way, these are the perfect PMS snack.


Much love! ‘Til next time!
Jess



Cowboy Casserole

Morning Y’all! Happy Easter! It’s just Jess this morning, up bright and early.

Last night I was home alone and wanted a quick meal, so I opened my Bisquick cookbook and this is what I found: Cowboy Casserole.  Recipe says about forty-five minutes for everything and it’s pretty accurate.

A little side note: this is not a vegetarian dish, Avery would not enjoy.

Anyway, here’s everything you’ll need (plus milk, I forgot to add it into the picture.)

Simple enough, right?

Attention! No fingers were cut during the making of this dish.

So, you’re going to brown the meat, just like the recipe calls for. For normal people, this would only take about seven minutes; but because I chose to use frozen meat it took me twice as long. Go figure.

While that was browning, I made the dough. Bisquick dough is SO much quicker than the dough Avery and I made in our last project. Although, making dough from scratch is much more entertaining.


I followed pretty true to the recipe for all of this.  Although, I didn’t let everything (hamburger, baked beans and barbeque sauce) come to a boil, just a dull simmer.


Here’s where the undomesticated part of myself comes in. I don’t know what a 2-quart casserole dish looks like. So, I just went with the biggest one I could find it my kitchen cabinet. Worked out just fine.

Instead of doing 12 small spoonfuls of dough, I did six larger ones.  Everyone likes big biscuits, not small ones, common! 


Popped it in the oven til the dough had a nice golden brown top. Who pays attention to time, anyway??


Almost done! Waiting around gets so boring when you’re cooking for one, I know. Once the biscuits were to my liking, I removed the casserole from the oven and applied the cheese, unsparingly.  I don’t recall even measuring out the amount the recipe called for. Another rebel without a cause moment.



Put those suckers back in the oven for about three minutes, just enough time for the cheese to melt and make sweet cheesy biscuit love. For those three minutes, I heated up some green beans for a side.




Ta-dah! Finished, hot and ready to eat.

Final thoughts: I felt like this was more of a mans dish. It was super yummy, but way too much food for one, obviously! Mashed potatoes would have been a fantastic side, along with an ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Much love, ‘til next time!
Jess



Vegetarian Grilled(ish) Pizza with Tofu!

We wanted something simple for our first meal, and pizza’s pretty simple, right?! (If you’re impatient, this may not be the perfect recipe for you. It only took us no more than an hour and fifteen minutes, including prep time.)

So, here’s where we got the idea and the basis for the recipe. And then we changed it up. And here’s just about everything you’ll need:



First, we haven’t ever used a grill before. Thankfully, Jess’ mother had a skillet/grill type thing. It looks like this:


Basically, we just followed step by step. Starting with the dough.


We’ve never even made dough before, we’re all about the Pillsbury dough boy. You know, the prepackaged stuff?

And we learned what “turning out dough” was (by going here) we did just that!



The recipe calls for you to continue “turning out the dough” for about ten minutes, we lasted five. Turned out fine in our eyes.  Now, cover your dough and let it rise somewhere warm, we chose to let it float in warm water, in the kitchen sink.



Alright, while this was sitting for what seemed like FOREVER (forty-five minutes) we began making the sauce.  We changed things up again. The recipe calls for a can of plum tomatoes, HUGE tomatoes. Being the bad-asses that we are, we cut those suckers up.

(See, we told you, HUGE.)
We were supposed to let this simmer for half an hour, which ended up being closer to an hour. If you’re expecting some super thick sauce, it ain’t happening! But, let it sit there for awhile. Move on to the peppers.

Since Jessica is incapable of cutting through a pepper without chopping her finger off, Avery was the designated pepper cutter.

Jess bought two huge peppers, we ate half of them in the process of cooking. Snacking on the job.


Tinkerbell bowl full of sweet, yummy, pepper-bliss.

Okay, so we started grilling up the peppers. The whole house smelled absolutely amazing!

So pause in the action now. Let the records show by now we killed half of a bottle of Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio, as seen below… (whoops!)



Alright, we can move forward now. It seemed like a good forty-five minutes went by.. The recipe says to stick your finger in the dough, if the indention stays, the dough has risen enough. We succeeded!!

We made six balls of doughy goodness and placed them on a bake sheet as told. We did pretty well at following instructions this far in!


The sauce is simmering, the dough has risen, and the tofu has been grated, it’s finally time to put it all together.  We took another hard left off of the regular recipe. Instead of adding toppings to the dough while on the griddle, we took them off and threw ‘em on a pan. We proceeded to load them up with the sauce, tofu, cheese and perfectly grilled peppers.




While we recognize that tofu is not a traditional food group, we went with it.

We then baked them at four-hundred degrees Fahrenheit for… well, quite frankly, we don’t know how long. Til they looked done.




When the cheese was melted to our satisfaction, we removed them. And that’s it! Voila!



Final thoughts with Jerry Springer, just kidding, it’s still just Jess and Avery. We were very weary about this, seeing as one, we’ve never cooked with tofu before. Two, we’ve never made anything from scratch, let alone a whole meal.  Over all, we rock. These mini pizzas were a total success. The wine is long gone, though. :( Bigger bottle next time!

Much love, ‘til next time!
Jess and Avery